donating blood

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Sep 2014
4:33pm, 2 Sep 2014
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tonyp2604
For general info - taken from blood service in UK:

People who are planning to undertake exercise after giving blood should be advised that donation may affect their performance and may also increase the risk of bleeding from the venepuncture (needle entry) site and of other adverse events such as fainting. You may wish to wait until the following day so as to avoid any problems.

Individuals who undertake sport at high levels of performance should be aware of both the short term effect of blood donation on performance and the possible long term effects if they should become short of iron. You may wish to seek specialist advice on how to avoid adverse affects on your performance from donation.

If you have undertaken exercise before you donate, you will need to be recovered from the exercise and well hydrated in order to donate.
Sep 2014
9:10pm, 2 Sep 2014
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Nutkey
I gave blood on a Tuesday once, ran on Thursday, and then did a parkrun on the Saturday. My notes say it "felt hard for the last 2K". I generally keep well (some would say excessively) hydrated.
Dec 2015
1:12pm, 4 Dec 2015
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sinj999
I gave blood today.
Will see if I fancy a gentle trot around a parkrun tomorrow, nothing too strenuous.

Mint Club biscuit and a blackcurrant squash. Nice.
Apr 2016
7:35pm, 21 Apr 2016
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Red Ant
Gave blood yesterday reaching the giddy heights of completing my donation in 4.01 mins B-) Totally agree with Tonyp... my run *ahem* today was RUBBISH (but at least I didn't stop to walk... well it wasn't much faster than a walk ;-))
Oct 2016
7:43pm, 27 Oct 2016
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JohnC
After 102 units I can no longer give blood due to a dicky ticker, irregular heart beat apparently, however the upside is that my running pace has improved by up to 50secs / mile. Gutted about having to stop donating but they won't stop me running! Accrington 10k on Sunday & I will be there at the back enjoying the trip.
Oct 2016
8:33pm, 27 Oct 2016
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Icelandic Trigirl
That's quite an improvement on running! Blood doping? ;)
Aug 2021
7:44am, 4 Aug 2021
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NRGEE
i was declined as a blood donor today as my haemoglobin was 118g/l and has to be 25g/l or above for a lady. A bit peeved as had cost £15.50 taxi fares! Am a 1st time donor and with a complex medical history it needs reviewing by 2 clinicians and my GP may be contacted as well as my psychiatrist.
Aug 2021
7:45am, 4 Aug 2021
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NRGEE
THat should say 125g/l
Aug 2021
7:54am, 4 Aug 2021
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LindsD
That's happened to me also NRGEE. There's a more active blood donor thread here.

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